A new issue of the EUSBSR newsletter has been released. The content of the September 2012 issue includes the Third Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, a Priority Area 12 sucess story, an interview with the coordinator for Priority Area 12 Tourism and an article on the final report on EUSBSR communication needs. The publication is available for download on the left column under the section Communication.

The BSSSC newsletter 2/2012 has been just released. The topics of this issue comprise the 3rd Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, the political scene in the Baltic Sea region and the EUSBSR communication activities among others. Read the full newsletter here.

The South Baltic Programme has just announced the ninth call for proposals. Project ideas can be submitted until 28 September 2012. Learn more about this by visiting the South Baltic Programme website here

Registration for the BSSSC Annual Conference (17-19 September) and Baltic Sea Programme Conference (19-20 September) will be open until 30 August 2012. The events will take place in Lillestrom, Norway.

The Latvian based company DEA Baltika, successful tenderer of the public procurement on EUSBSR communication needs, has delivered the final report. The document highlights positive and negative aspects of the communication carried out so far. In the positive side, the website, the visual identity and the flagship projects have been warmly welcome by stakeholders. In the negative side, more resources for communication are needed as well as clear guidelines for roles and responsibilities within the Strategy. The final report is available here.

The South Baltic Programme is calling for attention for a photo competition. In order to participate, all you need to do is to take and upload a photo of the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea Region or any other object related to the Baltic Sea. There is more information available on their Facebook page.

The first draft proposal of the updated Action Plan from the European Commission is available here. Please send all comments and proposals to this first draft with tracked changes before 21 September 2012 to the email address: REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu. There will be a second, shorter round of consultations with you (hopefully late autumn) before the document goes into inter-service consultation in the Commission.

The set of indicators and targets for the EUSBSR is now approved by the General Affairs Council. The Council also approved the list of tasks and roles for the main stakeholders in the implementation of the Strategy.

The main objectives are from now on: SAVE THE SEA, CONNECT THE REGION and INCREASE PROSPERITY.

The complete set of the conclusions and the list of indicators and roles are to be found
here.

The Baltic Sea Region programme has given green light for three more projects. The projects involve 45 project partners and will receive 4.3 million EUR from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The projects implement two horizontal actions of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region's Action Plan: "Strengthening multi-level governance, place based spatial planning and sustainable development" and "Build a regional identity".

More information on
BSR homepage

The European Commission urges all stakeholders with views on the Action Plan to send their comments. Your ideas on focus, on efficiency and on added value would be particularly welcome. For written comments please send them to REGIO-EU-BALTIC-SEA-STRATEGY@ec.europa.eu. This stakeholder consultation on the new Action Plan will remain open until the end of July.

Please read more information about this call for comments here.